1 advancing as if in the game of leapfrog
2 a game in which one child bends down and another leaps over
1 jump across; "He leapfrogged his classmates"
to make obsolete
(military) to advance with one unit by engaging the enemy with another unit
- Finnish: koukata
to progress as in leapfrog
- Finnish: loikata
Leapfrog is a children's game in which players vault over each other's stooped backs. The first participant rests hands on knees and bends over, this is called giving a back.
The next player places hands on the first's back and leaps over by straddling legs wide apart on each side. On landing he stoops down and a third leaps over the first and second, and the fourth over all others successively, etcetera; the number of participants is not fixed.
When all the players are stooping, the last in the line begins leaping over all the others in turn.
- There can also be variations, such as (both among the
illustrations on these links to Smugmug
- doing a similar trick on skis
- a Japanese version (called senakawatari, 背中渡り) in which one 'leaps' while on the backs of the other players who stoop close enough to form a continuous carpet of human backs
- Frog-march (other motions resembling a frog's, but not jumping)
leapfrog in French: Saute-mouton
leapfrog in Icelandic: Höfrungahlaup
leapfrog in Japanese: 馬跳び
leapfrog in Norwegian: Hoppe bukk
leapfrog in Turkish: Birdirbir (oyun)